About SP4K

Building upon existing resources within our community, Sun Prairie Four Kids will provide classes in local child care centers and preschools. The State of Wisconsin has a long history of providing early learning opportunities for the children of Wisconsin. In fact, it was the first State in 1848 to call for free education for citizens ages 4-20.

The research regarding these young learners suggests that children who attend preschool:

  • Are more successful during school years. They outperform peers on reading and math tests at ages 8, 12, and 15.
  • Are less likely to experience grade retention or be placed in Special Education.
  • Are more likely to graduate from high school.
  • Have parents who support and understand their developmental and learning needs.
  • Establish positive relationships with teachers and caregivers early on.

Who can participate?
Any child who is four years old on or before September 1st. A four-year-old who resides outside the district can apply through the Open Enrollment process IF his/her home district offers a DPI approved four-year-old kindergarten program. The open enrollment application MUST be received between February 2 and April 30, 2013.

What is the program cost to families?
There is no cost. Families who require additional child care services may wish to enroll in wrap-around care at the child care sites who offer the SP4K program.

Where will the program be held?
Classes will be held at partner child care sites/preschools five days a week for approximately 2.5 hours each day.

What are the times for each day?
Students may attend in the morning or the afternoon.  Morning classes will be held 8:15 - 10:50 a.m. Monday - Friday.  Afternoon classes will be held 11:55 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Due to early release, Thursday classes will be  held 11:55 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.   All SP4K students are enrolled in a 5-day per week program and District attendance procedures are followed.

Why is the district offering classes in preschools/child care centers?
This approach is known as the community-collaborative model and offers families a choice of settings for their children. Some parents need “wrap-around” care offered by a child care center/preschool, while others do not.

SPASD reserves the right to place children based on seats available, transportation and students' individual needs.

Will transportation be provided?
Transportation will be provided following the existing SPASD guidelines. It will be available for selected 4K program times, not for wrap-around or extended care.

Mission Statement
We believe that four year-old children are entitled to an education that includes:

  • High-quality developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Child-centered, playbased curriculum.
  • Recognizing and meeting the unique needs of individuals.
  • Partnering with parents, community, and businesses.

We believe that through a collaborative effort with community childcare partners we can maximize learning opportunities for four year-old children and their families to build a community of learners.

SP4K is a one-year program and students are expected to enroll in 5K the following year.

For more information, please contact:
Karen Ward, SP4K Principal
Sun Prairie Area School District
(608) 834-6671

Name Title Email Phone Web site
Karen Ward Principal Email (608) 834-6671
Tracy Reuter Secretary - SP4K Email (608) 834-6672
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